Mobile phone users 'will be able to start car with app'

28/10/2010

Mobile Phone Users Will Be Able To Start Car With App

Drivers with the latest mobile phone could soon find they are able to control their car by using an app on their handset.

Charles Kloet, writing for CNET UK, explains a US firm is currently creating a feature that will allow motorists to use their device as a remote control for a vehicle.

The app, which is named Autobot, will work when a small attachment is fixed to the diagnostics port within a car or van.

It is being designed to offer services such as opening and locking the doors, adjusting the windows, releasing the boot and even starting the engine.

"AutoBot ... should appear on the shelves of US retailers in 2012. Hopefully, it'll make it to the UK soon after. The system is expected to cost $300 (£190)," explains Mr Kloet.

Earlier this week, Android said it had reached the landmark of one million apps on offer to its customers.

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Posted by Dan Latham